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Whitework Coverlet

Artist/Maker:
Fannin, Catherine Porter
Place Made:
Morgan County Georgia United States of America
Date Made:
1820-1835
Medium:
cotton
Dimensions:
HOA: 90; WOA: 89
Accession Number:
2554.2
Description:
MAKER: Catherine Porter Fannin (June 2, 1795 – 1855) was the daughter of Oliver Porter (b: Oct 14, 1763) and Margaret Watson (b: Apr 20, 1764) of Greene County, Georgia. Oliver Porter was a Revolutionary War veteran who witnessed the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown. Originally from Prince Edward County, Virginia, he and Margaret became some of the original settlers of Greene County, Georgia, receiving a land grant of over 1000 acres in 1787. Over Porter’s lifetime he would leave an impact by serving in the Georgia legislature, laying off and selling town lots in Milledgeville, and was a founding member of Shiloh Baptist Church.

Catherine, or “Caty”, was married on April 10, 1814 to Jeptha Fannin (b.1785). Jeptha arrived in Morgan County around 1808 and was one of the early settlers there. Described their early marriage in the “Memoirs of Georgia” published in 1895, “All was then a dense woods, and the site of the home was cut out of the brush and trees, and in a log cabin, quickly built, the fearless pioneers (Jeptha and Caty) began their new life.” Jeptha became the successor of his brother on the Superior Court list and the 1820 census reveals him owning ten slaves and living in the Capt. Cooks District of Morgan County, Georgia.

DESCRIPTION: Embroidered coverlet with an outer border of grapes and leaves with an undulating vine. Stylized leaves and flowers decorate the bedcover in an all-over design.

Credit Line:
MESDA Purchase Fund